Fossil fuel industry is resourceful, in so many ways…

What's a beleaguered fossil fuel industry to do, what with growing and increasingly organized protests and demands to "keep it in the ground," lawsuits from every direction, divestment movements, and the like?  Clamorous insistence from young people that governments take radical and urgent action to confront the climate crisis is especially troubling to some of … Continue reading Fossil fuel industry is resourceful, in so many ways…

2020 will likely see escalating organizing and protest in the U.S.

It may be impossible to tell from mainstream media sources, but issue organizing and protest has been on the rise in the U.S. for more than a decade, dating to at least the 2008 financial meltdown.  Early on it was the Tea Party and the Occupy movement (both of which did grab their share of … Continue reading 2020 will likely see escalating organizing and protest in the U.S.

WHO’s aging-friendly communities guide turns 15 in 2020

Aiming to address two global mega-trends - aging populations and urbanization - the World Health Organization released its guide to assessing and improving the "aging friendliness" of urban communities in 2005.  Put generally, WHO contends that an age-friendly city will encourage active aging by adapting its structures and services to include older people with varying … Continue reading WHO’s aging-friendly communities guide turns 15 in 2020

Plant closings and opioid deaths are closely connected

It's not news that economic displacement is linked with higher death rates among people suffering it - however distressing it remains that our economic system is a virtual engine of displacement, with scant help afforded its victims. But now a study just published by JAMA Internal Medicine specifically links auto plant closings and opioid overdose … Continue reading Plant closings and opioid deaths are closely connected

The Evil Twins of Climate Crisis and Militarism

Too few in the various movements attempting to address the climate crisis make a direct connection between climate and U.S. militarism.  Peace activist Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink (https://www.codepink.org) is one of the more notable exceptions.  Benjamin identifies at least 10 points of connection.  Here are just the first five: The U.S. military provides protection … Continue reading The Evil Twins of Climate Crisis and Militarism

Social work should be promoting mutual aid networks

As overlapping political, economic, and ecological crises deepen, the ability of people in localized community to meet their needs through mutual aid is growing in importance, and may well become the very linchpin of survival, to borrow Bill McKibben's phrase, "on a tough new planet." In one form or another, mutual aid - people exchanging … Continue reading Social work should be promoting mutual aid networks

America needs to facilitate union organizing

The "Protecting the Right to Organize Act," sponsored by U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Bobby Scott, is a vital piece of legislation that could do wonders for union organizing in this country. Union organizing – what's good about that?  Quite a lot, actually.  While it’s arguable that the U.S. economy has worked well enough … Continue reading America needs to facilitate union organizing